Teaching Interviews

You’ve got an interview! Now to prepare…

While a lot of the usual advice also applies to teaching interviews – eye contact, concise answers, relaxed open posture, remembering your interviewers name… (the list goes on) – there are particular sets of questions to be prepared for as well.

Click here for a really good, comprehensive list especially for teaching interviews – speaking from personal experience, you will certainly encounter at least some of these questions. It pays to be prepared – why not sketch out rough answers to each question in note form?

This Guardian article goes even further and asks Heads what sorts of answers they are looking in response to 10 key questions.

Why register with us for careers in secondary schools?

  • Work/life balance – you choose when and where you want to work
  • Day to day, short/long term contracts and permanent positions
  • The chance to enhance your experience and opportunities
  • Excellent hourly rates of pay
  • Friendly consultants, always at the end of the phone

We have great relationships with more than 300 schools and nurseries, and we are regarded as the ‘Go to Agency’. Our candidates are so popular with our client schools that they’re often requested back by name, and even offered long-term and permanent positions.

Here are some tips, once you’ve registered.

Keep in touch: Communication is our most important tool. You need to know what’s going on and when, and so do we. The quicker you give us your availability, the quicker we can sort out your next assignment.

Dress the part: First impressions are important, so no jeans, leggings or shorts, and male teachers should wear a shirt and tie. And, of course, no mobiles in the classroom.

Getting there: Arrive by 8.30am unless otherwise notified. This gives you chance to find out about school routines and relevant policies and procedures.

Who are you? Always carry your Key Stage ID card for security purposes and please take a current Enhanced DBS Certificate, along with proof of identification (ie driving licence or passport) to show on your first day.

Time is money: Submit a timesheet (either online or paper) for each day.  Get it signed & approved by the school and delivered to us before 10am the following Monday.  Failure to submit on time may delay your payment.

Safety first: Remember that you’re responsible for the health and safety of the pupils — and yourself. Don’t do anything you’re not capable of or trained to do, and ask for instructions if using unfamiliar equipment.